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Recent Data Reveals Government Policy Plays Huge Role in Advance of Culture of Death August 14, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Domestic Church, family, fightback, Four Last Things, General Catholic, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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I know, hardly a surprise to readers of this blog or anyone who has been paying attention over the past several decades, but good, confirmatory data nonetheless.  Something to file away in your back pocket for potential future reference.

Two different cases emerged recently (h/t reader D for both) concerning two different but vital aspects of the culture of death/sexular pagan religious rites, sexual license and the deliberate murder of the sick and the elderly.  From the UK we learn that recent curbs in government sponsored indoctrination in sexual license (aka “sex education”) have led to a massive decrease in illegitimacy in pregnancy, and from the continent the opposite, government support for euthanasia has exploded into what could very well be described as a government sponsored killing spree.

First the UK report, via good ol’ Life Site News:

A new study indicates that teen pregnancy rates drop when liberal sex-ed funding is cut, the UK’s Catholic Herald reported.

The Effect of Spending Cuts on Teen Pregnancy” analyzed data in England before and after contraceptive-based sex-ed expenditures were slashed — cuts that were criticized by liberals and praised by Christians………

……..England has been forced to make severe cuts in recent years to its budget, including tax funds for sex-ed in schools and free birth control. [What government wants more of, it subsidizes.  What it wants less of, it taxes.  Governments the world over, but especially in the former Christendom, have been extravagantly subsidizing contraception and indoctrination in the sexular pagan ethos for decades, thus encouraging more of these disastrous situations and helping to hasten the decline and seemingly inevitable coming collapse of Western civilization.  When funding is cut, wonder of wonders, one major indicator of public morals, the rate of teen illegitimacy, suddenly falls sharply.  But few if any in power will learn the proper lesson from this, they are wedded to the sexular pagan revolutionary spirit.]

The study sought to “examine the impact of reductions in local expenditure on one particular public health target: reducing rates of teen pregnancy.”

The Paton and Wright research team used statistics from 149 municipalities between 2009 and 2014 and found that after sex-ed budgets were cut, teen pregnancy rates fell by 42.6 percent. [And massively so.  I am certain there has already been launched a massive PR campaign against the authors of this study, so contrary to the false doctrines of the high priests of the sexular pagan orthodoxy/media sexual industrial complex.  Data like this must be discredited, or the entire rotten house of cards could come falling down.]

The researchers discovered that taking away tax funding for contraceptive-focused sex education in schools actually reduced teen pregnancy. [So liberals have argued that “abstinency only” programs don’t work, and can cite a number of studies in support of their claim.  Perhaps.  Or perhaps “abstinence” taught in a framework of still immersing children in filth, ripping away their innocence and constantly extolling the unheard of joys of sex (which “joys” many kids find to be less wondrous in actual experience) – that is, indoctrinating them in a libertine sexual ideology – is simply asking too much?  Preaching abstinence to kids you’ve deliberately invoked to a sexual fury is a pretty thin screen to stand against such pressures. Perhaps abstinence works best when children are preserved in their innocence, not exposed to all manner of filth (which process starts at home), and taught that relations between a man and a woman are sacred, require tremendous intimacy, and are always oriented towards the procreation of children within the glorious God-given structure of Holy Matrimony].

So, some happy news for a change.  On the contrary, the cult of government-supported, even -ordered, murder of the sick and aged continues to grow at an alarming rate:

About 1 in 30 people in the Netherlands (3.3%) now choose to die through euthanasia. The rate has roughly tripled since 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. The other report came from Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, where euthanasia also became legal in 2002. Between 2007 and 2013, the prevalence of euthanasia there has risen from 1.9% to 4.6% of all deaths – nearly 1 in every 20 deaths. The Flemish authors attempt to explain this enormous change in social mores. First, they argue that “values of autonomy and self-determination” have become more important for the Flemish. And public approval of euthanasia continues to rise, perhaps with the help of very positive reporting in the media……..

………As one Dutch ethics professor has said, ‘The risk now is that people no longer search for a way to endure their suffering.’ In other words, are the Netherlands and Belgium turning to physicians to solve with euthanasia what are essentially psychosocial issues?

Indeed, the article notes that half of all Dutchmen seeking government-sponsored and -funded suicide list loneliness as a significant factor contributing to their desire to die.  I wonder how many of these aged Dutch are childless or have no grandkids to enliven their old age?

As I noted above, government is creating more demand for euthanasia by subsidizing it.  An eager media seems happy to see thousands of people a year killed with government approval.  And governments in nations with taxpayer funded single payer health insurance schemes have a positive incentive to see old and sick people die as quickly and efficiently as possible – to reduce costs on the system and reserve more funding for the bureaucrats.

Brave New World, indeed.  Huxley meant it as a warning, but more and more the cultural movers and shakers seem to view it as a blueprint to their eternal socialist paradise hell.  In Brave New World, no one got sick, but everyone was killed at 60.  Except the World Leader, of course.  He got to live as long as he wanted or could.

Funny how it’s generally us plebes who wind up bearing the burdens and consequences of the policies our “betters” have determined to inflict on us.

Abortion Is Not a Kind of Martyrdom, Nor Is It a Sacrament August 14, 2017

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Another good contribution from Fr. Albert OP and The Fatima Center.  I know some people struggle with this one, including many well meaning pro-lifers – they don’t want to believe God could be so “cruel” as to deny Heaven to a perfect innocent who is murdered in abortion. But this sentiment has many problems, and reveals an ignorance, which while I am certain is entirely innocent, is potentially quite monstrous, or at least severely disordered.

All souls, regardless of any actual sin, stand condemned under Original Sin.  Christ’s Sacrifice effaces the punishment due to Original Sin IF we receive Baptism.  There is no approved way to baptize souls in the womb.  Thus those souls cannot be saved.  Now, God, while infinitely just, is also infinitely merciful, so it is believed He does not condemn souls innocent of actual sin to eternal punishment.  But neither can these souls, still stained by Original Sin, exist in His perfect Presence.  Thus, they go to Limbo, a state of natural happiness but outside the Beatific Vision of God in Heaven.

To cling to the idea that the souls of aborted infants are somehow saved is, in a sense, to either endorse the notion that they are martyrs, and thus receive a Baptism by Blood, or that, monstrously, that abortion somehow constitutes a Sacrament that conveys supernatural Grace and thus allows the soul entrance to Heaven.  Obviously the latter is out, but even the idea that these souls are martyrs is not supported by the Tradition.  To be a martyr one must desire union with Christ, explicitly at least on some level, which is something still-natal infants are incapable of.  Pope Sixtus V regarded the inability of aborted souls to be saved the most heinous aspect of abortion.

However the doctrine of Limbo has never been so specifically defined that it rises to the level of a Dogma.  At least, I am unaware of such a definition, though fully willing to accept such.  If I am correct, there is room for souls to disagree on this matter, though I would regard any opinion that attempts to confer “salvation” on the souls of the aborted as disordered, at best (though surely coming from the best of intentions), not least because of the impact such beliefs have on the mothers considering abortion, where a sense of assurance that their babies will be happy forever in Heaven with God and spared the sufferings of this life serve as a positive inducement to abort, and often amount to a source of infinite impediment to acknowledging the intrinsic evil of this barbaric act.

I’ve covered this matter before but it usually excites some contrary opinions so here is one more explanation:

On a related note, Google and Facebook continue to reveal themselves as thoroughgoing partisans of the culture of death and persecutors of conservatives generally and Christians specifically.  Google and Facebook are funding an effort to stage large protests outside Atlanta-area crisis pregnancy centers, in the hope of having laws passed that force the CPCs to very publicly declare they don’t perform abortions, or at least ruining their reputations.  The ultimate goal is the destruction of CPCs as alternatives to baby murder and as “competition” to the practical baby murder monopoly in the US, Planned Barrenhood.

Google and Facebook are giving thoughtful citizens, and especially Christians, ample reasons to fear and loathe these prying vast repositories of personal data and growing vehicles of politically-motivated repression.  Time to ditch smart phones, especially Android and all the Google apps?  Time to delete the Facebook account, no matter how “useful” it is?

Urgent Exhortation to Follow and Support the Center for Medical Progress Enduring Persecution August 9, 2017

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A reader who shall remain nameless sent the following e-mail a few days ago, and it’s very good:

With everything going on around us we tend to have short attention-spans. I think this works in the favor of the “change agents”.

One of the continuing sagas that remains in the front of my mind is that of David Daleiden, the young man who filmed the PP doctors openly discussing the sale of aborted baby parts.

It is really astounding to follow this case. It is particularly revealing to see just how much this episode has frightened the abortionists and just how much they are willing to put into bringing the house down on Daleiden. They and their attorneys are doing everything they can to turn the tables on Daleiden and up to this point they have been very successful. It is also revealing to see just how much the “justice” system has cooperated with the abortionists into turning a hero into the villain. Daleiden runs a real risk of doing long jail time and paying hefty extortion money.

I think this case is of particular importance and deserves our attention. If the abortionists and their lapdogs in the judiciary meet with any success they must calculate that his example will go a long way to deter the more feint-of-heart in taking on this powerful cabal.

I’ll not go into detail. It is a lengthy story and I think it deserves to be brought to the front of our consciousness. There is plenty of detail on the website of the Center for Medical Progress http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/author/david/ and you can also do a search to read more about it.

I get regular updates from the Thomas More Society, which happens to be the only Catholic pro-life organization that gets any of my money. I’d also encourage you to consider them for donation. https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/

Not to toot my own horn, but I have written about the Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden a number of times.  However, I have not done so of late.

In order to remedy that, and to point out the extreme levels to which the leftist powers that be are going in order to crush this man who humiliated Planned Barrenhood and revealed them for the greedy butchers they are, I bring this recent release from CMP, which indicates not only how CMPs and Daleiden’s rights are being trampled, but how intertwined the ruling class is with the evil of mass child slaughter:

Today, David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress filed their petition for a writ of certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, appealing the unconstitutional gag order issued by San Francisco Judge William Orrick III against the publication of undercover footage of top-level Planned Parenthood leadership at the National Abortion Federation’s annual trade shows. The petition argues that no federal court has ever upheld a prior restraint like Judge Orrick’s gag order to suppress speech of overwhelming public interest:

“At issue in this appeal is a gag order, a preliminary injunction imposed specifically for the purpose of hiding information from the public, precisely because the information is of such significant public interest and concern—the procurement and sale of aborted fetal body parts.”

CMP project lead David Daleiden says, “Judge Orrick’s gag order, issued at the behest of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, is an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by a clearly biased federal judge. Judge Orrick even wants to press his gag order in the California Attorney General’s bogus criminal case against me—though he, NAF, and Planned Parenthood insist the gag order only applies to my defense, and not to the Attorney General’s bogus prosecution.”

As a key leader of the “Good Samaritan Family Resource Center” in San Francisco, Judge Orrick helped open and fund a Planned Parenthood Northern California clinic inside the Center’s headquarters. Planned Parenthood Northern California has membership in the National Abortion Federation and is a named plaintiff against CMP and Daleiden in Judge Orrick’s courtroom. A motion to disqualify Judge Orrick is still pending.

Just like the Perry v. Hollingsworth case, the case which overturned the California constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and a woman (remember, just a 6 or 7 year ago, when even a majority of Californians still believed that – that is how fast our culture is collapsing), the bias and corruption of a judiciary completely out of control is on full display here.  In Perry, the federal court judge who heard the case was a long-time sodomite and a man who wanted to marry one of his many “partners!”  Here we have a federal judge who has a deeply vested interest in protecting and defending Planned Murderhood.  Anyone with a shred of decency and legal professionalism would have recused himself from the case, but we all know such traits are unknown among the left-dominated ruling class, who insist upon no rules for themselves, but an endless plethora of rules for everyone else (one can also find out just how connected and blue-blooded Orrick is, his family owns the largest and oldest legal firm on the West Coast and one that is in neck deep with the agents of cultural revolution, and have been for a very long time. Orrick himself raised nearly half a million dollars in support of various demonrat candidates, most especially Obama and Kerry).

So keep following the Daleiden case.  I also agree that the Thomas More Society is an excellent group worthy of support.  Please pray for the Daleiden family and all those being unconstitutionally persecuted by these seeming worshipers of child sacrifice to Moloch.  Pray they keep the faith and their persecutors be undone in their efforts to keep the truth about Planned Murderhood and abortion/contraception from the public.

New Video Details Planned Butcherhood’s Knowing Commission of Child-Slaughter May 30, 2017

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An indictment for several made-up felony violations in Kalifornia notwithstanding, the Center for Medical Progress has released a new undercover sting video of Planned Murderhood officials describing the methods they use to tear babies limb from limb, describing how the babies sometimes fight back or make the abortionist/murderers job difficult by not cooperating in its demise.

This video is extremely graphic and disturbing and will make your blood boil as you watch child murderers laugh about their crimes.  Children and those with high blood pressure should probably not watch (summary below, full video here):

You can only get third-party coverage of the video on Youtube because it has been pulled.  Because a judge ordered it to be pulled.

What is germaine is the unending horror of abortion, the media’s complicity in carefully keeping this horror from the general knowledge of the public, and abortion activist’s willingness to admit the brutality they constantly commit.  This is what comes from dehumanizing a class of people, and, I think, is a huge driving force in the Left’s increasingly violent and totalitarian tactics, as, being deeply steeped in denying humanity to broad classes of people, they have simply broadened their definition of “not human” even more to include anyone who disagrees with them.  And there is little surprise that wherever the hardcore Left has taken over, abortion has quickly been foisted on the population as good and “empowering,” but the real reason is to increase communist power by destroying the family.

Some quotes from the video footage – which is only a preview of much more to come – for those who do not want to watch the whole thing:

Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (which has been referred to local law-enforcement for criminal charges related to fetal-tissue trafficking):

If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].

Dr. Stacy De-Lin, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood of New York City:

But we certainly do intact D&Es [dilation and extraction, otherwise known as partial-birth abortion, a method that is illegal under federal law]. [Anyone remotely familiar with the abortion industry – which had been around with “back alley butchers” for centuries before legalization increased abortions by a factor of about 100 (the back alley butchers simply hung a sign and continued as they did before, only much, much busier) – knows that adherence to the law has never been an issue.  State and federal funds routinely pay for abortions desired simply for convenience, and partial birth abortions still routinely occur in spite of the federal ban. People whose livelihood and ideology drive them to murder babies all day are not going to be deterred by vague and difficult to enforce laws]

Dr. Uta Landy, the founder of the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA):

An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross! [laughter from the crowd]

Talcott Camp, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Health Freedom Project:

I’m like — Oh my God! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp! I get it! I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.

Dr. Susan Robinson, an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte:

The fetus is a tough little object, and taking it apart, I mean, taking it apart on Day One is very difficult. . . . You go in there, and you go, “Am I getting the uterus or the fetus? Oh, good, fetus. [Robinson makes a stabbing sound effect] What have I got? Nothing. Let’s try again.

There is much more at the link.  Including this:

Updated May 26, 10:40 a.m.: A California judge ordered the CMP’s defense attorneys to remove the video footage from YouTube and from their website. More information is available here.

The abortion industry preys upon people’s vices and weaknesses.  It is the ultimate backstop for all that is wrong in America (and much of the world) today.  The truth regarding abortion absolutely cannot be allowed to get out.  Thus the use of leftist laws in leftist states with leftist judges trying to keep the blood-drenched truth of abortion secret.

Notice how many of these major players in the abortion industry are women.  While it was not the case 40 years ago, today, virtually all the major driving forces behind the mass-murder of children are women.  These are women who have bought into a satanic inversion of their most sacred, God-given role, that of raising and nurturing children.  There is no greater betrayal of the sacred trust God gives to all of us than in not just rejecting this role, but turning on it like an enraged harpy with flashing steel nails to rip those babies God has given women to bear apart.  This is the fruit of 100 years of enraged, envy-driven feminist ideology.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts. I imagine CMP staff will be convicted in the People’s Republic of California.  But there are 49 other states.  The truth will get out.

Pray for David Daleiden and the others at CMP, that God may intervene and overcome the evil powers of this world who seek to destroy life, falsely imprison the innocent, and subvert the truth with the devil’s lies.  Pray for the conversion of the sick demented souls lost in this ghastly ideology of death.

Trump Greatly Expands Federal Limits on “Mexico City Policy” Pro-Abort Spending May 16, 2017

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Some small good news. The “Mexico City policy” enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984 has been a tit for tat kind of thing that varies depending on which party holds the White House. It notionally bans any spending in international aid programs (is it just to still have such things, given the state of this country?) administered by the US Department of State and USAID, and is generally implemented or rescinded every time the presidency changes from (R) to (D).

This teeter-totter policy has otherwise remained stable for decades, at least until Donald J. Trump significantly expanded the bounds of the programs from which funds may not be directed to pro-abort activities (nominally, as CRS has shown, there are lots of ways to get around rules such as these):

President Trump on Monday expanded the Mexico City Policy that bans funding for abortions outside U.S. borders to include a broader range of international aid programs.

The policy applies to approximately $8.8 billion in funds appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense. Under previous administrations, the ban was applied on a more limited basis to $60 million in foreign aid programming. [So the previous ban was almost entirely symbolic, as $60 million represents a trifle compared to overall foreign aid spending.  Trump increased it by nearly 15000%!  That’s a massive increase.]

The “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy widens the scope of the Mexico City Policy to block a broader range of foreign aid to non-governmental organizations that promote or support abortion and also mention of abortion in connection with family planning.

“The United States remains deeply committed to supporting health programs around the world. Foreign NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning will remain eligible to receive global health assistance through the standard U.S. Government processes that govern the award of federal funds,” the White House announced in a press release.

In January, President Trump reinstituted the Mexico City Policy, established by President Reagan in 1984, to halt funding for any group providing or promoting abortions, The policy, which was rescinded by President Obama in 2009, stipulates that “U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to support foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”………

………Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, earlier this year told LifeSiteNews that by expanding the Mexico City Policy to include all international “health assistance” programs it becomes easier to stop funding of international groups pushing abortion and sterilization, and that the Trump policy will save more lives than past Mexico City Policies.

Now, if we can only get many more souls, even good pro-life souls, to start to recognize the inescapable link between abortion, and it’s primary cause – contraception use.  Until we get rid of mass contraceptive use, probably by making it illegal, we’ll never be rid of abortion, whether legal or illegal (though making abortion illegal even without bans on contraception would probably cut the number of abortions performed by 50-80% more or less instantly).  This broadening of the Mexico City policy is a welcome improvement, but it’s a very limited step in the overall satanic war against unborn souls.  Infinitely more needs to be done.

De-funding Planned Barrenhood would be a good place to start.

 

The Ultimate Homeschooling Sales Video May 16, 2017

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I know this video from Michael Matt came out about a week and a half ago, but perhaps some haven’t seen it.  The opening segment in particular makes a good a advertisement for homeschooling as I can imagine – or, at least, an advertisement against the vast majority of public and private schools.

As you can see (and you are warned that the content, featuring a school principal shouting profanities and insults at children because they are pro-life, is definitely not family fare), the inmates have taken over the asylum.  Not that we didn’t already have ample evidence of that going back decades, but if anyone is wavering in their commitment to homeschooling, if anyone is unsure whether they want to go to the great effort of teaching their own kids, this video is something that should be watched.  Yes, this is something of an extreme example.  No, not every school has creatures like this.  But the vast majority of them do, and while those may not be as unhinged and confrontational as the man in the video below (who makes the connection between hatred of God, sins of the flesh, and hatred for one’s fellow man quite clear), they may be all the more pernicious and destructive for being more subtle in their approach.  The hard left has taken over the schools in every part of the country, and while many good individual teachers remain and some school districts have maintained some semblance of sanity, more and more, this is the norm, as is indoctrination, subtle and gross, into the Christ-hating philosophy of sexular pagan leftism:

That’s not to say that everyone is able to homeschool, or that it’s a cure all for dangers in raising children.  It’s not.  But I will reiterate what the formal parochial vicar at Mater Dei said repeatedly:  there is a hierarchy in the preference of children’s education, and it goes like this:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Solidly devout non-Catholic parochial schools, typically evangelical protestant
  3. Public schools
  4. Catholic schools

This is by and large, big picture, broad sweeps analysis, but he had extensive argumentation to back this up, and I agree with his conclusions.  There are exceedingly rare exceptions to the above, especially regarding Catholic schools.  There are perhaps 2 or 3 in this diocese that I would rate as not posing a positive danger to children’s faith.  Public schools are charnel houses but knowing that it is possible to inoculate kids against danger, as it is possible to inoculate them against the errors pushed by protestants in their schools.  Catholic schools come out worst because decades of experience (and noted advice from such spiritual leaders as Archbishop Fulton Sheen) have shown kids from Catholic schools have the worst outcomes with regard to the Faith than any other option.  There seems to be something insidiously pernicious in being taught heinous errors from a supposedly trusted authority figure in an official Church-setting.

As I noted, there are exceptions, not everyone can homeschool, some are in particularly difficult financial or other situations that preclude it, nothing is perfect, etc., etc.  If you are not able to homeschool I’m sure you’ll do the next best thing and are doing your utmost within your means.  But I think I would be remiss in not exhorting those with young children who are contemplating schooling options not to very prayerfully, honestly search their souls as to whether homeschooling is possible for them.

I know the vast majority of trads already homeschool or are very favorable to it, but some folks still find the concept alien or intimidating.  It’s not as hard as you think, and there are myriad resources out there that help you out.  Even more, there are countless options for homeschooling, including solidly Catholic courseware and instruction from online sources like Seton or Regina Caeli Academy, which take most of the burden of instruction off mom or dad (but do carry a fairly substantial cost).  That’s not to say homeschooling is ever easy, but loads of people not inordinately blessed with intelligence, motivation, and education have done it and done it well.

But, like most things in life, this challenge of raising happy faithful Catholic children into Catholic adults can be done more than one way.  I happen to think homeschooling by far the best, but it is not necessarily the only way.  I had to put that caveat in so I don’t get lumped in with the mean ‘ol judgy McJudge Judge trad crowd*.

There’s a lot more in Matt’s video concerning the collapse of Christian civilization and the Church’s role in bringing that about through her own process of self-demolition, so watch the whole thing if you haven’t already.

*- a bit of an inside joke for locals who heard the same sermon I did a week or two ago.  The basic point was well taken, laity can go to excess easily in correcting/demanding certain standards of others.  But there’s a world of difference between advocating for a recommended course of action or practice, and condemning those who follow a different course.  Sometimes in a world of easily bruised feelings that distinction can be lost.  But people can also turn their preferences into totems and demand others do the same, perhaps to make them more assured of their own choices.  This is a difficult distinction and where to draw the line is very much a matter of prudence, not hard and fast rules.

Anyway, I’m obviously a hard-hearted jerk, this is how we treat bad babies at our house:

That’s right, puppy/baby jail.  That’s what happens when you’re not potty trained.  You both stay in there until you learn!  Nothing but dog food and water for the both of you!

Around the World, Francis-church Euthanizing “Non-negotiable Principles” April 10, 2017

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Great column by Sandro Magister noting the rapid erosion of the formerly non-negotiable principles regarding the sanctity of life in the only Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself. I’ve no time to add much commentary myself excerpt to say, yep, this is exactly right, this is exactly what one would expect to happen given a pontiff like Francis – the Church abandoning her most sacred beliefs in a pathetically false hope of earning the love and acceptance of an implacably hostile world:

And also to note the sad fact that the philosophy professor at the formerly Catholic, now Satanic University of Louvain I covered two weeks ago was indeed sacked for daring to say that abortion is murder:

There has been an uproar over events at the Catholic University of Louvain, which has suspended and finally dismissed one of its philosophy professors, Stéphane Mercier, for having written in a note for his students that “abortion is the murder of an innocent person.”

The matter is not surprising, seeing the track record of this university which is nonetheless endowed with the title of “Catholic,” the hospital of which has for some time been openly practicing euthanasia procedures, “from 12 to 15 per year,” according to the rector of the twin Flemish university of Leuven, the canonist Rik Torfs.

But what is more striking is the substantial approval that the bishops of Belgium have given to the removal of Professor Mercier.

Also startling is the reticence of the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, “Avvenire,” which in giving a concise account of the affair – the more complete documentation of which has appeared on the blog Rossoporpora – avoided taking a position, limiting itself to this: “It remains to be understood what is the meaning of what has been stated by the spokesman of the Belgian episcopal conference.” [Wherein the spokesman completely contradicted Catholic Doctrine by calling abortion a “fundamental right.”  You can’t get much clearer than that, but the disciples of Francis are apparently hopelessly confused by such a statement]

Not to mention the silence of Pope Francis, who however has not failed on other occasions to call abortion a “horrendous crime.”

There is in effect a significant discrepancy between how the papacy and much of the Catholic hierarchy speak out on abortion and euthanasia today and how they used to speak out.

What during the previous pontificates were “non-negotiable principles” have now become realities to be “discerned” and “mediated” both in politics and in pastoral practice.

The Italian episcopal conference and its newspaper “Avvenire” are perfect examples of this mutation.

In February of 2009, when Italy was rocked by the case of Eluana Englaro, the young woman in a vegetative state whose life was taken when her nutrition and hydration were cut off, the current editor of “Avvenire,” Marco Tarquinio, wrote a fiery editorial, calling that act a “killing”.

While today the climate is different. It should be enough to look at the courteous detachment with which “Avvenire” refers to and comments on the law currently under discussion in Italy on advance healthcare directives, abbreviated DAT, the indications to be given to physicians beforehand on what lifesaving measures to take or not take in case of loss of consciousness.

Go to the link and read how differently the Italian bishop’s conference newspaper “Avvenire” covered euthanasia in 2009, and how it covers it today.  Same writer, but much, much more “nuance” now, because the writer obviously understands that Francis believes God lives in the “shades of grey,” which historically had been regarded as the domain of the devil.

But who am I to judge?  One man’s God is another man’s devil, I suppose, especially if that man is consumed with leftist ideology.

Katholyc University of Louvain – Abortion a “Fundamental Right” March 30, 2017

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Back in 1560, when heresy was running wild throughout Europe and the glorious construct known as Christendom was being deliberately and permanently deconstructed by maliciously motivated, self-interested men, His Catholic Majesty Philip II of Spain visited the University of Louvain, to ascertain the degree of orthodoxy being preached and taught there.

So impressed was the great Catholic monarch with what he found at Louvain, he instantly increased the salaries of all professors and teachers there by 50%.  Louvain was then, a very few exceptions aside, a true bastion of Catholic orthodoxy.

But that was then, and this is now.  The formerly Catholic University of Louvain, which as recently as 80 years ago was turning out such men as Archbishop Fulton Sheen, has since the final revolution within and against the Church in the mid-20th century become a paragon of vice, error, iniquity, and heresy.

In fact, when their administration attacks a lecturer for handing out pamphlets calling abortion what it is – murder – and then declares abortion a “fundamental right,” we have passed beyond heresy and straight into the diabolical, wherein this former redoubt of Catholicism could now very well be appropriately termed the Satanic University of Louvain.

Just more fruit from the most disastrous Council in the history of the Church, Vatican II:

A junior lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium is facing backlash from university officials because he distributed a 15-page document with philosophical arguments for calling abortion “murder” to about 100 first-year engineering students.

Stéphane Mercier has not been sanctioned yet, but the authorities declared in a statement on the university’s website that they are assessing the status of his text to determine whether it was actually used as part of his philosophy course. Whether that proves to be the case or not, UCL has dissociated itself from Mercier’s stance against abortion, calling it “contrary to its values.”…….[Well that tells us all we need to know about Louvain, doesn’t it?  Being Catholic is contrary to their values.  Thanks for clarifying that, we’ll keep that in mind going forward]

……..Tania van Hemelryck, the special adviser to the university president on gender politics, spoke to Belgian television on behalf of the university, saying: “The authorities want to find out the exact status of the text and how it was used during this course, bearing in mind that in any case UCL defends the fundamental right to abortion, and particularly women’s right to choose.”………

………The official statement published by UCL on its website says much the same thing:

“Whatever the outcome of the inquiry, the right to abortion is enshrined in Belgian law and the note that was brought to the attention of UCL is at odds with the values upheld by the university. Conveying standpoints that contradict these values in the framework of a teaching course is unacceptable.”…….

……….And here are the words that provoked media hysteria in Belgium and beyond: “The truth is that abortion is the murder of an innocent person. It is even a particularly loathsome murder, because the innocent in question is defenseless. (…) Nowadays we hear some people saying for example that at a personal level they condemn abortion as being immoral, but that it would never occur to them to make it illegal. Such reasoning is astonishingly absurd, if one bothers to think about it. (…) Just imagine that the same individual should declare that on a personal level, he finds rape really immoral, but that ‘in order to respect every person’s liberty’ (except perhaps that of the victim) it should not on that account be made illegal. Absurd, obviously! Well, if abortion is murder, as we have said, is it not more serious, even, than rape? Rape is immoral, and thankfully it is also illegal. Should not abortion, which is even more immoral, even more so be illegal?” [Good argument.  One that cannot be rebutted logically, but only dishonestly framed to elicit an emotional response, so you get what follows……….]

The headlines in Belgium indignantly screamed: “A lecturer at UCL considers abortion to be worse than rape!”

Well guess what?  So do I, and so do a whole lot of people who are not so morally enervated and hopelessly diabolically narcissistic that they have not turned logic, reason, and decency upside down to convince themselves that killing 50+ million babies a year worldwide is somehow a morally neutral act.

Now, the primary oversight for the doctrinal/theological content taught at Louvain falls on the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.  The current Archbishop is Josef De Kesel, a screaming leftist and protege of that scandalous protector and promoter of boy rapists, Cardinal Godfried Daneels.  Who, quite importantly, is also one of the ringleaders of the “St. Gallen Group” that illicitly collaborated to elect Jorge Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome.

It is thus all of a piece, the remaking of the Church into an ineffectual society co-opted by the corporatist forces of transnational globalism as a kind of worldly indifferentist boring pointless NGO continues apace.  Oh, it’s wonderful for the connected bishops and priests at the top who obey the diktat of the forces of the world and its master, they get to live an exquisite existence with the only cost being the souls that continue to fall into hell in a torrential blizzard never seen since the Church first came into being.  Heck they don’t believe in any of that hoary old stuff anyway, so what’s to lose for them, right?  Billions of corrupt corporate dollars and being able to pretend you move with the highest levels of global leadership (though they loathe and snicker at you behind your back), for the cost of a stupid made up eastern cult that was just a slight derivative of others pre-existing for thousands of years – what’s to choose?!?

Unless of course they be wrong, and God and Christ be true, then they are among the men to be most reviled and pitied in all history, right up there with Simon Magus, Luther, Photius, Calvin, Zwinglii, Beza, and all the rest.

Enjoy your new muslim overlords, Europe, you richly deserve them.  Guess what, they’ll make abortion so illegal it will beggar the imagination, but you don’t care, because your leftism has always been about hatred of God and His Church. So long as that goal is achieved, you care not a whit for what follows, even if it be hell (which, it will be, figuratively and literally).

Death Worship Is a Common Feature of Dying Cultures March 21, 2017

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So reports have been coming from the Netherlands and Belgium with grim regularity telling of numerous souls being murdered by doctors, against their wills, because the doctors have decided their case is hopeless and that these people deserve to die.  Formerly called murder, even genocide, this mass taking of human lives is now dressed up in the mild sounding euphemism of euthanasia.

This is also exactly what people, mostly convicted Christians, warned would happen if states, strapped for cash with massive aging populations and taxpayer funded and government administered health care systems, started “allowing” people to commit suicide by doctor if they wanted to.  From an occasional permission it soon morphed into mass use and now appears headed towards something towards compulsory participation.

The Church, of course, has always held a “consistent life ethic,” which declares that thou shalt not murder an innocent no matter how inconvenient or annoying they may be.  That ethic once informed thinking throughout the West, but since the West has chosen to pretend God doesn’t exist, that ethic went out the window, first with chemical contraception, then baby murder on demand, and then the murder of the elderly and sick.  Some of these people aren’t even particularly sick, which plainly indicates that something like a Brave New World death date of 60, or Logan’s Run “carousel” at 30, may not be the stuff of science fiction anymore.

After all, it’s cheaper and easier for all involved, most especially those government bureaucrats calling the shots, to just kill people at a certain date before they start to get sick, rather than waiting for the endless drain and expense of those nasty old sick people:

In the Netherlands an elderly woman suffering from dementia was held down against her protests as a lethal injection was administered by a doctor. In the days before her “euthanasia” she repeatedly said “I don’t want to die.” The doctor was cleared of wrongdoing.

Another elderly woman in the Netherlands was euthanized due to her supposed “unhappiness” about living in a nursing home. This despite testimony from the staff that she was often “content and friendly.”

Doctors in the Netherlands and Belgium have also routinely euthanized patients with depression. Now, a law to “legalize euthanasia for perfectly healthy people who hold ‘a well-considered opinion that their life is complete’” is being considered in the Netherlands. [Doctors in these nations are just another form of bureaucrat. They work for the government in one form or another.  We all know from personal experience just how faultless bureaucracies are, right?  Ever had a run in with a bad doctor or out and out quack?  I have.  Want someone like that given the power of life and death over you?]

In the US, Washington, DC and five states—California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington—euthanasia is legal. Should we be concerned? [In any nation with not only legalized baby murder but a hundred other moral atrocities ongoing constantly with government approval, we should be more than concerned. Terrified, outraged, is more like it.]

Advocates tell us euthanasia allows a patient to “skip the suffering and die with dignity.” Based on this, euthanasia advocates advocates suggest that until we walk in the shoes of someone who wants assistance in dying, who are we to deny them “death with dignity”? The idea that an individual has an “inalienable right” to use their body as they see fit has some appeal. [Notice the similarity in language to the pro-aborts?  Notice how they reduce immutable truths, literally conveyed by God, to endlessly nebulous, amorphous things like feelings?  There is a reason for that.  Logically, what they propose is unacceptable and easily refutable.]

Liz Carr is the creator of the hit British anti-euthanasia play Assisted Suicide: The Musical. Carr grew up with and still suffers from severe disabilities. In her youth she visited some emotional “dark places” where she saw no hope. Born in 1972, Carr feels lucky that euthanasia was not yet on the cultural radar. It is her belief that the movement can encourage disabled individuals to believe their life “isn’t worth living.” [Thank you.  People are endlessly susceptible. If they weren’t, multi-hundred billion dollar industries like Madison Avenue would not exist.  It is even possible to talk people into wanting to kill themselves.]

In the Wall Street Journal, Sohrab Ahmari conducted a compelling interview with Carr who argues we “don’t know what assisted suicide means or what the consequences are.” We just clap along to a mindless mantra “the right to die, the right to die.”

Why shouldn’t we exercise “self-determination” and choose how and when we die?

Ahmari cautions, “The death-with-dignity case is often based not on the lived experience of people with disabilities, but on the subjective judgments of others.”

“Legalizing euthanasia doesn’t empower you,” argues Carr. “It empowers doctors.”

Doctors that are, in the nations in question, essentially agents of the state. “Oh, but there are review boards to insure there are no abuses.”  Review boards can easily be stacked, especially when everyone has been similarly indoctrinated, where everyone or almost everyone has the same biases and the same interests at stake.

This also shows the ubiquitous tendency of left-wing governments and societies towards mass death.  They cannot exist without causing mass death.  Every single leftist society that has ever come into being has been sustained by the deaths of millions, be they Jews, rural Chinese peasants, Russian kulaks, or unborn babies.  Now the elderly and sick are becoming too expensive to fit into the great leftist utopia, so they have to go.  Yet we are the Nazis, they tell us daily.  The mirror must not get much use in left-wing households.

But the projector sure does.

Who knew the 25th century would look like mid-70s Hyatt Regency lobbies?

Shock! Feminist Makes Radical, Invasive, Non-sensical Proposals Against Men March 15, 2017

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Earlier this week, a crazed female politician improbably elected to office proposed a bill that would fine men for such acts as sexual self abuse and impose “restrictions” on vasectomies.  While her reasoning in beyond specious and reveals both a deep self-loathing and an immense jealousy of men, and while some aspects would require the erection (so to speak) of a massively invasive totalitarian state literally observing men’s every move in public or private, as a Catholic, I am not, in principle, opposed to much of what she advocates for below.  However, the logic behind these proposals is, quite literally, insane, and reveals a very great deal about how divorced from reality left-wing rhetoric has become.

The politician, not incidentally, is from Texas, showing that whatever benefits there are to being in the Lone Star State, we have a disturbing number of crazies:

House Bill 4260, titled “Man’s Right to Know Act,” would require men to pay $100 fee for masturbating each time; require someone seeking a vasectomy, Viagra prescription, or colonoscopy to receive an informational booklet (complete with artistic illustration of each procedure), undergo a digital rectal exam and rectal sonogram and wait 24 hours to get the prescription or procedure; and allow health professionals the right to withhold treatment based on “personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs.”

The bill intentionally draws from anti-abortion laws in Texas, including legislation mandating a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion and the requirement that during their initial consultation, women receive an error-filled booklet about the risks associated with the procedure.

Hah hah hah you’re soooo clever and funny!  What a great way to send up those repressed Christofascists telling women what to do with their bodies!

Of course, you have to completely overlook the fact that, in the case of an abortion, it’s not just the woman’s body, but also the body of a life inside her, that is in question.  And that tiny fact not only obliterates the “wit” of this “sendup,” it also makes things like a 24 waiting period seem rather like very much a bare minimum, instead of being some onerous imposition.

The supposed “errors” of the booklet, by the way, are only errors if one takes unsubstantiated and largely disproved pro-abort rhetoric as fact.

So we can see this is just more virtue signaling and point-scoring from the tribe that lives and dies by its standing within the great leftist herd.  We can also see how the Left tries to equate the brutal murder by dismemberment or chemical scalding of an infant with a “routine procedure” like a colonoscopy.

And finally note how the radfem tries to portray very minor limitations on the wholesale murder of babies that occurs in our country as seemingly random, clumsy, and unrelated hoops that “good women seeking abortions” must jump through.  The truth is, they no better, but have to pretend all objections to abortion are somehow insane.

But what about the fines for self abuse?  Leaving aside the fact that monitoring and enforcement would require the creation of a Big Brother like police state, I would not mind at all seeing a broad cultural pushback against the normalization of porn use and self-abuse which has emerged over the last several decades.  I also would like to see vasectomies not accompanied by stupid, unnecessary, persecutory procedures, but made completely illegal.  Here I think the feminist errs, as I don’t think a lot of men have a burning desire to undergo the procedure, but generally do so only under heavy pressure from their spouse.  At least, the 5, ahem, Catholic fathers I knew who had the procedure all done around the same time were more or less pushed into having it done by their wives.

What of Viagra?  The commercials make watching most sports impossible, and much of the use is based on want, and not need.  My preference would be to see it simply banned.  At the very least, how about tying the procreative act, to, you know, procreation, and thus limiting the use of such chemicals – whose long term effects are still largely unknown – to those men in a position to father and responsibly raise young children, e.g., the married?  There is also of course a unitive aspect to the act which is also only suitable for marriage.

So, see how reasonable I am? I can even find the good in the most unhinged, unserious proposals from the far left.